Brewers Guild gives official word on why they changed directors

After four years of faithful service, Chris Goblet is no longer executive director of the NM Brewers Guild.
After four years of faithful service, Chris Goblet is no longer executive director of the NM Brewers Guild.

Earlier today (Friday) we posted a link to the Albuquerque Business First story about a change at the top of the New Mexico Brewers Guild. Chris Goblet is out and John Gozigian is in as executive director of the Guild. Goblet had been running things since the Guild formed in 2012, but the board of directors opted to go in a different direction with Gozigian, who was formerly one of the owners of Marble Brewery.

The Guild sent us this official press release this afternoon.

Albuquerque, NM – February 5, 2016 – The New Mexico Brewers Guild announced today the departure of Chris Goblet and the hiring of John Gozigian as the new Executive Director.

Chris steered the NM Brewers Guild from its formal organization in 2012 through the very successful annual Winterbrew Festival in Santa Fe in January of 2016.  During the four years under Chris’ guidance the Guild has held countless profitable events, represented our state at the Great American Beer Festival and the Craft Brewers Conference, held 2 technical conferences and engaged our state legislature in positive ways that no one would have ever thought possible.  The Guild helped pass laws that re-evaluated the way that New Mexico’s breweries are taxed, ensured that all New Mexico breweries are allowed to both fill growlers and self-distribute, and that secured the practices of alternating proprietorships and contract brewing within the state.

Board President Nico Ortiz says of Chris that “the NM Brewers Guild would not be in the place that it is today had we not had Chris at the helm, and every Board member and member brewery owes him a sincere debt of gratitude.  Our further growth and maturation as an organization comes from the foundation that he has helped us to build over the last 4 years, and he should take great pride in knowing that.”

Taking over for Chris as Executive Director will be John Gozigian.  John is a co-founder of Marble Brewery and a past President of the NM Brewers Guild Board.  His many years in the NM brewing community and past work with the Guild make him uniquely qualified to be the person to build upon the work begun by Chris and to lead the NM Brewers Guild into the future.

The Crew will, of course, be following up on this story. We have an interview with the new executive director set for early next week, and will do our best to keep everyone updated on any additional potential changes involving the Guild in the future.

Until then, we would ask that everyone raise a pint this weekend in Chris Goblet’s honor. He did a hell of a lot for craft beer in New Mexico over the last four years. We send him our eternal gratitude.


— Stoutmeister

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